Mary did not know exactly what Jesus would be, but she knew that he would fulfill promises made to Abraham, that through her son, “all the families of the earth shall be blessed” (Gen. 12:3). Gabriel’s words echoed in her mind (“He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end” [Luke 1:32-33]). Her son would ascend to King David’s throne in place of their current “king,” Herod, who was not a godly person. Somehow her son held the key to it all!
—Jan Johnson, Taste and See: Experiencing the Stories of Advent and Christmas (Upper Room Books, 2014)
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And Mary said,
“My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.
Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.”
—Luke 1:46-49 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Let us release the cares of our day,
and open our eyes to the wonder of God.
With an attitude of empathy to people of another time,
let us open our hearts and minds to God.
Let us prepare to experience God’s word to us
through the presence of the Holy Spirit.
Prayer by Jan Johnson
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